Liverpool may be forced into the transfer market after the full extent of Virgil van Dijk’s injury became clear.
The 29-year-old defender was hurt in an incident with Jordan Pickford during Saturday’s Merseyside derby, with many believing that the goalkeeper’s challenge was worthy of a red card.
He hobbled off unable to continue, but now it has been revealed that he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury and will require surgery, although no date for that has yet been fixed.
However, depending on his recovery time, that means that the Premier League champions could be without is services for anywhere between nine and twelve months, ruling him out for the rest of the season.
It also means that Liverpool will have to rely, in his absence on a centre-back pairing of Joel Matip and Joe Gomez, although Fabinho can also play there as well.
That still leaves them short of cover in a key position, meaning they may need to be a replacement.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.